orthopter

noun

or·​thop·​ter
(ˈ)ȯ(r)¦thäptə(r)
plural -s
1
: a flying machine propelled by flapping of wings : a mechanical bird
2
[French orthoptère, from New Latin Orthoptera] : orthopteron

Word History

Etymology

French orthoptère, from orth- + -ptére (as in hélicoptère helicopter)

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“Orthopter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopter. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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